ERIC Number: ED050104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-4
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An Exploratory Study of the Effectiveness of a Technique for Teaching Certain Concepts of Speech Composition.
Clevenger, Theodore, Jr.
In this study, four sections of a beginning speech composition class were assigned randomly to two instructors, each of whom taught one section using a conventional syllabus and the other section using a unit on organization of ideas which contained the Rhetorical Jigsaw Puzzle (RJSP) technique. Using this technique, students reassembled the parts of a speech or essay that had been divided into its constituent elements and presented to the students in random order. Before and after the two-and-a-half-week unit, students were tested on basic organizational ability, grasp of the concepts, and application of these concepts to the preparation and delivery of a short expository speech. While neither mode of instruction produced significant gains in basic organizational ability, both produced significant gains in comprehension of the concepts taught in the unit. Both modes also produced smaller, but still significant, gains in speech performance. (Materials include course outlines, a sample diagnostic test, and the selections used in the RJSP technique.) (DD)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.